The tweet warned of extremists near Aleppo gaining access to several truckloads of chemical weapons. You might think the photo attached to the tweet of trucks was supporting evidence for this claim, but no. If you look closely, those are bomb trucks from Command & Conquer: Generals. At the bottom of the image is a tiny disclaimer that this is only for “illustration purposes.” This may be an attempt to conflate Syrian rebels with ISIS, both of which oppose Russian ally and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
The bomb truck unit in Generals was available to those playing as the GLA, a terrorist faction focusing on guerrilla warfare and suicide attacks. The bomb truck was one of the more effective units at GLA’s disposal. For a mere $1,000, this unit could put a major dent in the enemy’s defenses, allowing the lighter armored GLA units to swarm in. The photo above shows the trucks with the standard payload, high explosive upgrade, and bio-weapon upgrade.
So, why use this image? It’s one of the first things that come up when you search “bomb truck” in Google. The Embassy isn’t particularly concerned about the accuracy of its visual aides. In fact, another tweet earlier today used a still from the Nazi-Zombie film Dead Snow. At the time of writing, both tweets are still up, despite plenty of mockery.